County/Columbus water line complete

Published 12:34 pm Thursday, November 29, 2012

County could add Meadowbrook subdivision

The water line connecting Polk County’s Mill Spring well source and the Town of Columbus’ water system is complete marking the first time all the towns and the county could share water sources.

Polk County Manager Ryan Whitson said Odom engineers notified the county on Nov. 20 that the booster pump station for the water line, located near the high school is complete and that Steppe Construction if waiting on Duke Energy for power, then an electrician will hook everything up.

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 19 and tentatively agreed to provide water to Meadowbrook subdivision, located off Hwy. 108 about a mile from Polk County High School.

Whitson told commissioners that Meadowbrook has verbally made the request to have water, but they are waiting funding from the property owners. Polk County’s water line extension policy is for the county to pay 60 percent of costs of the water line and the residents to pay 40 percent.

The Meadowbrook extension is estimated to cost $66,851 with Meadowbrook also asking for another fire hydrant, estimated at $2,800 for a total cost of 69,651. According to the county’s policy, Meadowbrook will have to pay 27,860 prior to work beginning on the line.